A Day on Capitol Hill
From every corner of the country, people converged at the Peace Circle on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 for the “My Medicaid Matters” rally. Senators, Congresswomen, and civil rights leaders took their turns at the podium, including disability community leaders, speaking out among a sea of yellow t-shirt and waving American flags. Over a thousand voices chanted and cheered to the rhythm of the day’s events. Believed to be one of the largest disability rights demonstrations since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the national capitol heard the voices of Americans with disabilities. For the international community, this rally was evidence of the right to political participation and freedom of speech that Americans with disabilities hold dear. Every day, these rights are denied to disabled people around the world, but this is changing, one country at a time, and people with disabilities are exercising their rights!